December 30, 2019 / 1:05 AM / 23 days ago

Eagles beat Giants to win NFC East

EditorsNote: Updates with Eagles playoff opponent, date in graf 2

Dec 29, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur walks off the field with running back Javorius Allen (37) after losing to the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Scott rushed for three touchdowns, quarterback Carson Wentz threw for another and the Philadelphia Eagles clinched their third straight playoff berth following a 34-17 win over the host New York Giants on Sunday.

The Eagles won their fourth in a row, finished 9-7 and won the NFC East. They earned the No. 4 seed in the playoffs and will host the Seattle Seahawks (11-5) next Sunday in the final game of wild-card weekend. The Seahawks lost to the San Francisco 49ers 26-21 on Sunday night to drop to the No. 5 seed.

Philadelphia captured the victory without a number of key starters, including tight end Zach Ertz (rib), right tackle Lane Johnson (ankle) and cornerback Ronald Darby (hip) among others. Running back Miles Sanders (ankle) and right guard Brandon Brooks (shoulder) were lost during the game.

Scott became the first Eagles running back to rush for three touchdowns in one game since 2011.

Wentz completed 23 of 40 passes for 289 yards.

Saquon Barkley rushed for one touchdown, and rookie quarterback Daniel Jones threw for one, but the Giants were swept by the Eagles and fell to 4-12.

Wentz tossed a 24-yard touchdown pass to third-string tight end Joshua Perkins to put the Eagles ahead 10-3 with 1:52 remaining in the first half.

Philadelphia’s Jake Elliott and New York’s Aldrick Rosas traded field goals, and the game was tied before the touchdown, which capped an eight-play, 75-yard drive. Wentz has thrown a touchdown in 19 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the league.

The Giants started the third quarter strong and tied the game at 10 when Jones connected with wide receiver Golden Tate on a 20-yard touchdown with 9:41 left. Jones threw a touchdown pass in his 12th straight start.

The Eagles regained the lead at 17-10, when Scott barreled in from 7 yards out with 2:21 remaining in the third.

Barkley then broke loose for a 68-yard scamper, and the Giants tied the game at 17 only 16 seconds later.

Elliott drilled a 50-yard field goal to put the Eagles back in front 20-17 with 13:58 left.

On the Giants’ next series, Jones was strip-sacked, and Fletcher Cox recovered the fumble at the 2. On first down, Scott walked in untouched for a 27-17 advantage.

Scott’s third rushing touchdown from 2 yards gave the Eagles a 34-17 lead and sealed the win with 6:14 left.

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